Upheaval

The butterfly is strapping on a bullet-proof
vest. The trees are scraping stars off the
sky. The sun is in peril from the wounds it
baked into the earth. The sea is being
sucked into rivers and back into clouds.
There will be upheaval. When you have
been stretched as far as you can allow, the

ricochet will not be subtle. Recoil gathers
the mutant seeds of anarchy. Viva la
revolución. When the time comes, all that
will be left is a question waiting between
you and your mirror. Resurrection is not
just faith, is it? Look behind you, the
universe is undressing slowly in your bed.
How will you prove your love tonight?

 

 

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49 thoughts on “Upheaval

  1. Wowww!!! ❤️ This is phenomenal writing, Rajani! Especially love; “the universe is undressing slowly in your bed. How will you prove your love tonight?” 🙂

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  2. That is some image, Rajani, of the butterfly strapping on a bullet-proof vest! This is such a powerful piece, a stark warning. I love the final lines.

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  3. When you have
    been stretched as far as you can allow, the
    ricochet will not be subtle.

    Absolutely! A breaking point would be most apparent before it snapped off.

    Hank

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  4. Wow. A masterful ending that will ricochet far. I love the rest too and the stage you set with the natural order going array.

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  5. So many brilliant lines, Rajani. And you ask the difficult questions.

    Resurrection is not
    just faith, is it? Look behind you, the
    universe is undressing slowly in your bed.
    How will you prove your love tonight?

    The conclusion blew me away.

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    1. No idea what those pumpkins are… a band, perhaps?? 🙂 But yes, if we don’t even love ourselves enough to consider worth saving, we are in a terrible fix, aren’t we!?

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  6. There is no love when man is on the take all the time. We are destroying the planet’s seas, trees and animals and don’t think much of each other either. This is no way to maintain the planet! What a great poem you have written Rajani.

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  7. This is so beautifully provoking. Eloquent and captivating. And challenging: how will we prove our love. Wonderful! Thank you!

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